The cold snap may be on the wane. Unfortunately, this might be too late for the purple sprouting broccoli.
With it being a tad warmer today, I got the secateurs out and pruned the final apple tree as well as giving the Orléans Reinette another trim. This meant I had the opportunity to inspect the raised bed.
I guess it was optimistic to think I might get a crop of these specimens – but who knows, they might recover. The biting cold wind yesterday will most certainly not have helped matters. It didn’t encourage us to go on a walk round Ardsley Reservoir, either.
The farmer at Red Lodge Farm had recommended the reservoir to us way back when we first started to frequent the farm for our raw milk but we always seemed to have somewhere else to go. However, I was determined to get my daughter out of the house and out of the car, so yesterday seemed like a good time to see the lay of the land.
As it turned out, we didn’t get very far. It felt about five degrees cooler by the edge of the water – my daughter’s words – so after a few photos she was straight back in the car. At least I can say that I got one or two scenic shots.
In fact, I got more than scenic shots, as the reservoir is right next to another farm, which has a shop selling fruit and vegetables. With produce such as avocados, it can hardly be entirely their own produce but I felt good about buying (not the avocados though) from them rather than a supermarket. It must have been bitter inside the tent, which served as a shop, so I felt sorry for the lady manning the till.